Scribes are an advanced governmental building which generates the Scribe (Scribe.png) resource and increases your territory's Administration (Icon admin.png) by an equal amount. As the only scaling source of Administration outside of Policies, this makes them invaluable for Claiming territories and maintaining existing Claims as your capital city grows.

As a note, Scribes are paid as state workers but due to the building having to buy clay or paper as a resource, the position may not be profitable. If this is the case, you may need to enable Subvention to cover the additional cost. This is a more cost effective way than buying the Scribe (Scribe.png) resource.

State Income[]

Indirectly, Scribes can also provide a substantial boost to Tax Revenues in any territory two possible ways:

  • Under -Icon admin.png, each point of Administration reduces waste by 1.25% in the territory (gained directly as State income)
  • Under +Icon admin.png, each point of Administration reduces waste by 0.25% in the territory (gained directly as State income). With enough Scribes employed, this benefit maxes out completely at 100Icon admin.png but you can continue accumulating Administration past that point.

You should examine the Tax Revenue generated in a territory before considering whether to build Scribes there, as this will determine whether the resulting percentage gain in Coins will outweigh the flat Coins cost of employing them.


Appearance Building Level Unlocked By Build Cost Base Efficiency Workers Profession Movable
Scribe 2 1.png 2 Transaction Tracking

Bronze Working

4 Shovels

8 Hammers

15 Stone

1.5 3 Scribe Red x.svg
Scribe 4 1.png 4* Iron Working

Phonetic Writting


6 Saws

5 Stoneblocs

5 Planks

5 Plaster

3.5 3 Scribe Red x.svg

* For unknown reasons, the Scribe building skips Level 3.


To find out how much your buildings will produce, look up your current Workforce and divide it by the Needed Workforce for that recipe.

Recipe Building


Cost per Unit Produced
Workforce Clay Paper
Scribe.png (Icon admin.png) 2 0.5 0.1
2 0.5 0.05